David Gray. Needs no introduction. Play anything Man. Play anything.
David Gray. Needs no introduction. Play anything Man. Play anything.
Greg Laswell, 39, is from San Diego California.
I’m a (big) fan…own all his albums.
In this clip, he’d joined by a cellist.
Laswell + Cellist = Magic.
Liked this? Don’t Miss “What A Day” and “Not Out“
Mindi Abair, 44, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is an smooth jazz saxophonist. Mindi started playing the piano at age five, and started playing alto saxophone at the age of eight, when her elementary school band instructor laid out instruments on the first day of band class and instructed each student to pick the instrument they most wanted to play. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun. She toured with Aerosmith in 2012. In 2003, Abair moved from pop to jazz. (Source: Wiki)
Lily Kershaw, 22, was born and grew up in the Los Angeles, California. Her breakthrough came when one of her songs, “As It Seems,” was featured in the season seven finale of the popular CBS television series Criminal Minds in 2012. A second song, “Ashes Like Snow,” was again featured prominently in the eighth season finale of the show a year later.
~ 26,000,000 views on Youtube in < 60 days, and somehow I’ve missed this. A cave dweller – where have I been?
The singer/songwriting duo “A Great Big World” features the talents of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. Formed in 2010 while they were music business students at New York University, the duo toured in 2011 playing their own songs, as well as covers by such artists as Ingrid Michaelson and Five for Fighting. The duo hit the big time after their song “This is New” was covered on Glee and when they released the single “Say Something,” a duet with Christina Aguilera. A Great Big World’s First Album titled: Is There Anybody Out There will be released on January 21, 2014. Link on iTunes here. Band’s website: agreatbigworld.com
Source: Mme Scherzo
Half Moon Run are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal. The band members previously lived in British Columbia (Comox) and in Ottawa. They have have opened for such artists as Monsters & Men, Patrick Watson, Mumford & Sons and City and Color. Critical acclaim has included praise for their three-part harmonies. Like this? Check out the group’s other major hits Full Circle and Call Me In the Afternoon which have had over 2.5 million views on Youtube. Their album titled Dark Eyes was released in July 2013 and can be found on iTunes here. The band’s official website can be found here.
“I’m going to be cheeky here and pick one band […] Half Moon Run – potentially one of the most important bands debuting an album this year. It’s progressive without being pretentious.”
~ Ben Lovett, Mumford & Sons
“This tune is from Sting’s 2013 album titled The Last Ship, his first album of original material since 2003. The Last Ship is also the basis for his late-2014 Broadway production. Sting grew up in the ‘50s during the dying days of shipbuilding in his town, which was dependent on it. The local industry finally collapsed in the 80’s. Now Sting pays a tribute with a song cycle heavy on Celtic sea chanteys, acoustic instrumentation, and somber, hard won truths. A lilting song such as “August Winds”, is where Sting is at his purest.” (Source: iTunes)
Find this song and his new Album on iTunes at this link.
The Avett Brothers /ˈeɪvɨt/ is a critically acclaimed American band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers—Scott Avett (banjo) and Seth Avett (guitar). The band appeared on the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011, playing “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.” Their sixth album The Carpenter (2012) was nominated for Best Americana Album Grammy (55th annual). The band released their sixth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion, in October 2013.
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Mary Lambert, 24, was born in Seattle, WA. Lambert is a singer-songwriter. She is also an award winning spoken-word artist. She published her debut book of poetry, 500 Tips for Fat Girls, in January of 2013. Lambert is known to be revealing in her poetry and music, often discussing her early childhood traumas, sexual abuse, body image, bipolar disorder, and her sexuality. Lambert’s songs, often emotionally charged, have been considered a mix of Adele, Tori Amos and James Blake. Her shows are described as “safe spaces where crying is acceptable and even encouraged.” Lambert was sexually abused as a child, and has described herself as “ending up being a depressed eight-year-old”. Her family was expelled from the church when she was six, after her mother came out as a lesbian. Lambert taught herself how to play piano and write songs at age 6, as an escape from her traumatic and abusive household.
And for some of her spoken word poetry, check out: I Know Girls
Liam Bailey, 30, born in Nottingham, England, is an English musician who is noted for his soul, reggae, blues vocals. He has been compared to Otis Redding, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Hendrix & BB King.
Tom Peter Odell, 23, was born in Chichester, West Sussex, England to an airline pilot father and a primary school teacher mother. He studied piano classically to Grade 7. He began writing his own songs at the age of thirteen but told no one, because he felt it was “uncool.”
Jon McLaughlin, 31, is an American pop rock singer-songwriter and pianist from Anderson, Indiana. His debut album Indiana was released on May 1, 2007. McLaughlin grew up playing piano since early childhood, though he disliked the lessons, and often sought to avoid them. Along with his older sister and brother, Jon McLaughlin began piano lessons at a very young age presenting an ability his parents hoped to foster. He loved playing the piano, and creating his own sounds, but lessons was another thing. “I took lessons every Thursday and I’d come home complaining to my mom. My dad traveled during the week for work, and when he’d call on Thursday nights, I’d inevitably give him the same grief I gave my mom. To their credit, they never forced the lessons; they allowed me to talk it through and somehow, at the end of every conversation, I’d say, “I think I am going to keep going.” They had infinite patience with me.” (Bio Sources: Wiki and MTV.)
The rest, as they say, is history.
Find their album If You Wait on iTunes here.
Lucius is an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York. The two lead singers are Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Lucius has been lauded by the New York Times for their “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” and praised by NPR for their “charisma and charm.” On October 15, 2013, the band will release its debut album Wildewoman in North America. (Source: Wiki)
See October 11, 2013 NY Times article: Peas in a Vintage-Soul-Style Pod
Jasmine van den Bogaerde, 17, also known by her stage name Birdy, is an English musician. She won the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her début single, a version of Bon Iver‘s “Skinny Love“, was her breakthrough, charting all across Europe and being certified six times platinum in Australia. Her self-titled début album Birdy was released on 7 November 2011 to similar success, peaking at number 1 in Australia, Belgium and The Netherlands. Birdy’s second studio album Fire Within is expected to be released on 23 September 2013 in the UK.
17 years old. Incredible.
“Foy Vance, 39, was born in the North Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America. As a child, Foy relocated with his father, a preacher, to the American Midwest settling in Oklahoma. With his father, Foy travelled the American South, widening his horizons and absorbing the rich musical traditions he was exposed to. Returning to Ireland some years later, Foy began writing his own music, deeply shaped by the sounds of his youth. Since those days, he has spent a considerable amount of time on the road, touring with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, and Ed Sheeran. Foy also scored Oscar-winning short-film The Shore with David Holmes, who collaborated with Vance on his 2012 Melrose EP. Foy’s newest album, Joy Of Nothing, will be released this year. Vance is moved by the fractions of love and sentiment, giving himself over to the quiet deluge. His is a voice that rattles you and forces you to let it in so that you may all enjoy a dark room, a modest fire and something to toast with.” (Source: FoyVance.com)
Matthew John Corby, 22, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. In November 2011, he released his fourth extended play, Into the Flame, which which was certified 5× Platinum by ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association). In 2012, his single “Brother” won the ARIA Award for Song of the Year. Corby’s career started in high school where he was involved in the school stage band and the school choir. In 2007, Corby began his music career at 16-years-old on reality TV talent show series Australian Idol, where he finished as the season’s runner-up. (Source: Wiki)
Find his albums on iTunes at this link.
Of Monsters and Men is a five-piece, English-language, indie folk/pop band from Iceland, formed in 2010. The band’s debut album My Head Is an Animal (2011), reached the No.1 position in Australia, Iceland, Ireland and the US Rock and Alternative Charts, while peaking at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, No. 3 in the UK, and Top 20 of most European charts and Canada. Its lead single “Little Talks” was an international success, reaching the Top 10 in most music charts in Europe, including No.1 in Ireland and Iceland, and No. 1 on US Alternative Songs.
If you liked this tune, you’ll love “Little Talks” at this link.
Find their album on iTune @ this link.
Brandon Jenner, 32, is the son of actress Linda Thompson and Olympic decathlon winner Bruce Jenner. He is the stepson of Kris Jenner and the stepbrother of the Kardashian clan (Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Robert). Brandon is married to Leah Felder. Felder was born and raised in Malibu, California. She comes from a musical family, her father being Don Felder, the founder of The Eagles and the songwriter of Hotel California. (Source: IMDb)
If you liked this tune, you might check out Brandon & Leah singing Boom Boom Boom.
Brett Michael Dennen, 33, is a folk/pop singer and songwriter from Northern California. As a young adult, Brett was a Community Studies major at UC Santa Cruz. After graduation he met a visionary woman with an ear for raw talent. Her gift for getting people to listen and share her excitement about his music, were a perfect incubator for his unique voice & insightful songs. Brett started working with Leslie Merical in December 2002. She encouraged him to pursue music seriously and made sure he wasn’t slowed by the challenges most new artists face. Inspired by the good in his lyrics and the reaction to his songs, Merical started by convincing promoters at venues to give him a chance to play, despite his inexperience. She connected with his fans at every show and made them feel like they were part of something wonderful while guiding him along the path most artists have to travel alone. This rest is history. Along the way, he’s been invited to play on Dave Matthews’ Music Cruise, and to tour and/or play on bills with John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, ALO, Jackson Brown, Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, Xavier Rudd, Corinne Bailey Rae and others. (Source: Brettdennenmusic.com)
Ed Sheeran, 22, is an English singer-songwriter. He was born in Halifax, England. He was raised in Framlingham, Suffolk and moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. He sang in a local church choir from the age of four, learned guitar at a very young age, and began writing songs during High School. His early childhood memories included listening to Van Morrison on his countless trips to London with his parents and going to an intimate Damien Rice gig in Ireland when he was eleven. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. In 2012, he won two BRIT Awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough. In 2012, Sheeran began to rise to fame in the United States. He made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth album Red and wrote songs for the boyband One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he duetted with Elton John during the ceremony. He will spend much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Swift’s Red Tour. (Source: Wiki)
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4 minutes. 36 songs. Something for everyone. And I mean everyone. From Beethoven to Hammerstein to Johnny Cash to Aretha to Queen to Gaga to Psy. Evolution of music from 11th century to today. Curious about the song list? Here it is: [Read more...]
Ben Howard, 25, an award winning singer-songwriter who was born in West London. He was raised by musical parents who exposed him to their favorite records from singer-songwriter artists from the 1960s and 1970s at an early age, like Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Simon Garfunkel, by which he was strongly influenced.
ITV.com: Ben Howard has won best British male and best breakthrough act at the Brit Awards. As he collected his first award, he said: “I’m not very good at speeches. I’m not very good at dancing.” He also thanked his mother, saying, “She’s rung a lot of old friends to ask them to vote for this.”
Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun…
(Music Starts at 0:50 seconds…go ahead…see if you can keep your foot from tapping…)
Melissa “Missy” Morrison Higgins, 30, is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She learned to play classical piano from age six but realized she wanted to be a singer at about 12 when she appeared in a Primary School production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Hoping for more freedom, she urged her parents to send her to a boarding school attended by her siblings. There she took up the piano again, this time playing jazz. She was introverted and found that piano practice helped her cope with living at boarding school.
Source: Thank you fantasmaglorious. Couldn’t stop watching. Boyo, what is with your fixation with water balloons?
Now I wouldn’t consider myself a groupie (and that would depend on the definition of groupie)…but I’m a fan. A Large One. ”Running on Empty.” The Pretender.” ”Stay Just a Little Bit Longer.” ”Here Come Those Tears Again. “You’re A Friend.” “Rosie.” And I can go on and on, yet…Yet, somehow, I’ve never heard this song. Shaking my head in wonder. How’s that possible?
And if you’re a purist, here’s Jackson Browne’s acoustic version of the same song (and a far superior version in my opinion) to ease you into the weekend:
↓ click for audio (Jackson Browne: Sky Blue and Black)
…And I’m taking in the Indian Summer
And I’m soaking it up in my mind
And I’m pretending like it’s paradise
On a golden autumn day, on a golden autumn day
On a golden autumn day, on a golden autumn day, golden autumn day …
~ Van Morrison
Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. This song, In The Waiting Line, is from their debut album, Simple Things which was released in 2001 and received critical acclaim.
↓ click for audio (Zero 7: “In The Waiting Line“)
Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec.
There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust…
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home…
And I built a home
Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it’s knees
By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held on me
Held on as tightly as you held on me…
And I built a home
Hal David passed away on Saturday. David was a lyricist and partnered with music composer Burt Bacharach to produce some of the most memorable and long lasting hits of our generation including ”Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head“, “This Guy’s in Love with You“, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again“, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose“, “Walk On By“, “What the World Needs Now Is Love“, “I Say a Little Prayer“, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me“, and “One Less Bell to Answer“.
In memory of Hal David, here’s Dionne Warwick singing “Walk on By.”
Image Source: Bacharachonline.com
Maria Mena is a Norwegian Pop singer and songwriter. Here’s Maria (with Thomas Dybdahl) singing “So Sweet.”
↓ click for audio (So Sweet – Maria Mena)
“…cool and soothing…the wind is in your hair…not a single care…the speed of moving…feels like you can fly… feeling kinda high…beneath the big blue sky…you let go and landed on your feet…and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…Amelia, you always had what you finally found…you’re on your way…your fears are behind you…morning glory…shines upon your face…not a single trace…of years all gone to waste…oh now here’s a story…full of hope and light…you didn’t win without a fight…now here’s to your delight…you let go and landed on your feet …and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…”